News MBC receives Brownfield Land Release Fund

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Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) has received Brownfield Land Release Fund (BLRF) to be used for the proposed development of the Former Royal Mail Sorting Office (FRMSO), beside Maidstone East Station.

Government funding of £2,109,860 has been awarded to MBC to help bring forward the redevelopment of the FRMSO site in the town centre which was allocated in the adopted Local Plan (2017) and again in the emerging Local Plan Review.

The BLRF was introduced by the Government to help local authorities and developers to bring forward sites and land that may otherwise be unviable.

A planning application for the redevelopment of the site has been submitted.  The proposals are for a high-quality mixed-use scheme for 217 residential units across several buildings along with 1,822 sq metres of commercial space with associated access parking and impressive public realm and landscaping.

MBC Cabinet Member for Housing and Health, Cllr Lottie Parfitt-Reid, said:

The Council is delighted to have been awarded these Brownfield Land Release Fund monies which will help to enhance Maidstone town centre– subject to planning permission.

MBC is committed to deliver 1,000 affordable homes in the borough and the development at the former FRMSO to help realise that ambition by providing much needed residential properties in the town.

The FRMSO site comprises a brownfield site located within Maidstone town centre, in close proximity to Maidstone East station.

One of Maidstone Borough Council’s priorities is Embracing Growth and Enabling Infrastructure and the development of the FRMSO reflects that.

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